Tony Bennett has earned his third Guinness World Record (GWR) title with the release his duets album from Diana Krall, Love Is Here To Stay. The 92 year old singer received the latest award for the re-recording the jazz Gershwin standard “Fascinating Rhythm,” as Bennett originally recorded the song in 1949 under his stage name Joe Bari at the time. Bennett received the award during an album launch party at the Rainbow Room in New York last week after a performance the song.
GWR Adjudicator, Alex Angert verified the track as “The longest time between the release an original recording and a re-recording the same single (“Fascinating Rhythm”) by the same artist is 68 years 342 days, achieved by Tony Bennett (USA) in New York, New York, USA, on 3 August 2018.”
This marks Bennett’s third GWR title as he currently holds the titles for the “Oldest person to reach No. 1 on the US album chart with a newly recorded album for Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek” and “Longest time between UK top 20 albums.”
“Tony And Diana performing the music George and Ira Gershwin at the legendary Rainbow Room in New York City exemplifies the classic standing and timeless legacy these two amazing artists,” Verve Label Group President and CEO, Danny Bennett remarks. “As Tony has always said, ‘Quality never goes out style…and Tony and Diana are pro positive that statement.'”
Love Is Here To Stay marks the first time that Diana Krall and Tony Bennett have recorded a full album together. The two multi-Grammy winning and platinum-selling artists are in New York City promoting the new album and will be appearing on NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Live with Kelly and Ryan among other media outlets. Love Is Here To Stay was recorded with the Grammy award winning Bill Charlap Trio and the stunning result is a subtle, sophisticated and beautifully rendered love letter to The Gershwins’ music and their status as one the premiere songwriters the American popular standard. It is a masterclass in vocal delivery and phrasing and the command that Bennett and Krall display the material in both their duets and solo tracks makes it appear effortless, belying the honed skill the vocalists. The duet tracks include “Love Is Here to Stay”, “S’Wonderful,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” and “Fascinating Rhythm,” among them.
Love Is Here To Stay was produced by Grammy Award winner Dae Bennett and Bill Charlap with Danny Bennett as Executive Producer. The Bill Charlap Trio features Bill Charlap on piano, Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums.